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Charles Clifford (1819-62)

Muralla del Mar and Castell de Montjuïc 1860

Albumen print | 30.5 x 41.5 cm (image) | RCIN 2700164

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Photograph of a view of the sea walls of Barcelona. The walls run diagonally through the photograph, skirting the port where small boats are moored. On the right of the wall is a promenade bordered by tall buildings facing the sea. In the background, on top of Montjuïc hill, stands the Castillo de Montjuïc with a single tower bordered by a defensive wall.  

Barcelona's sea walls were constructed during the first half of the 15th century as a safeguard against raids made against the city by Pirates. In 1834 Captain Ramon de Meer altered the design of the walls to include a wide walkway that functioned as a promenade. Montjuïc castle was originally constructed as a fortress during the 1640's and was altered to include battlements in 1694, thus transforming the fortress into a castle. In the late 18th century, the castle was again altered to give the castle the appearance that it has today. The castle now serves as a museum.
  • Creator(s)

    Charles Clifford (1819-62) (photographer)

  • 30.5 x 41.5 cm (image)

    41.0 x 54.0 cm (page dimensions)

  • Photographic Souvenir of Spain Vol II, 1861 Charles Clifford

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Spain
          • Catalonia [Spain]
            • Barcelona [Spain]
              • Castill de Montjuic [Barcelona]
              • Muralla del Mar [Barcelona]
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Vessels (marine)
          • Boats
            • Fishing boats